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Nokian studless (!) Hakka 9 or Hakka r3

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Nokian studless (!) Hakka 9 or Hakka r3

Hi everyone,

I bought my new car yesterday (Acura RDX 2020) and bought winter tires thru the dealer as well.

They recommended Nokian Hakka 9 (studless, apparently they exists even if they’re not mentioned on Nokian website) over the Nokian R3 (studless and can’t be studded).

I kinda have buyer’s remorse for listening to their advice and go with studless Hakka 9. I don’t understand how a tire designed to be studded can perform better, while being studless, than a tire specifically designed to be studless.

I’d like to have some advice. Does anyone have better knowledge than me or own either tires?

Thanks!
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Think of the Childre…
both good tires, don't worry and be happy.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Read #1 & #2

https://www.guideautoweb.com/en/article ... mall-suvs/
kebel87 wrote: Hi everyone,

I bought my new car yesterday (Acura RDX 2020) and bought winter tires thru the dealer as well.

They recommended Nokian Hakka 9 (studless, apparently they exists even if they’re not mentioned on Nokian website) over the Nokian R3 (studless and can’t be studded).

I kinda have buyer’s remorse for listening to their advice and go with studless Hakka 9. I don’t understand how a tire designed to be studded can perform better, while being studless, than a tire specifically designed to be studless.

I’d like to have some advice. Does anyone have better knowledge than me or own either tires?

Thanks!
Deal Guru
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Regardless both great tires. I doubt most people would even be able to notice a difference between most high end winter tires simply because they are that close. I have the R3's on my car coming from Continental Si tires and I only notice minor improvements with turning grip and taking off from a stop but the differences are minor but I also have more experience then the average person so that is likely why.
kebel87 wrote: Thanks, that was a great read. It seems like the R3 would be better for me than studless 9.
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To add to the confusion, Nokian now makes the Hakka R3 SUV.
Not sure if they come in your size or not.
I bought some and like them.
[OP]
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Oct 15, 2013
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Quebec, Qc
Just a follow up for anyone who would have the same question.

I ended up with the Nokian Hakka 9 studless and they are unbelievable. I never tried the R3, but I wouldn’t trade for them. We’ve had deep snow and icy roads and it felt like summer. Of course I exercised caution nonetheless.

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